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California Institute of Technology Data & Information Overview

447 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
4% Acceptance Rate
Find out more about how California Institute of Technology ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below.
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How Well Is California Institute of Technology Ranked?

#31 Best Colleges in Nation
#6 Best Colleges in CA
Computer & Information Sciences Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

California Institute of Technology was awarded 447 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer & information sciences.

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Overall Quality

Caltech is ranked #31 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 168 colleges in California, Caltech is ranked at #6.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Caltech?

4% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Caltech since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 4%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Caltech received ACT scores from 0% of accepted students.

Learn more about California Institute of Technology admissions.

California Institute of Technology Faculty

3 to 1 Student to Faculty
94% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Caltech, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 3 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California Institute of Technology is 94%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  94 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California Institute of Technology

99% Freshmen Retention
84% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

California Institute of Technology has a freshmen retention rate of 99%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  99 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Caltech the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 84%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

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California Institute of Technology Undergraduate Student Diversity

901 Full-Time Undergraduates
68.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
45.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 901 full-time undergraduates at Caltech.

How Much Does California Institute of Technology Cost?

$26,542 Net Price
18% Take Out Loans
$20,960 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Caltech is $26,542. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Caltech, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Caltech, approximately 18% of students took out student loans averaging $5,240 a year. That adds up to $20,960 over four years for those students.

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How Much Money Do Caltech Graduates Make?

$112,166 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Caltech with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $112,166 in their early years. This is good news for future Caltech graduates since it is 164% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at California Institute of Technology make the most money.

Location of California Institute of Technology

California State
901 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
California Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pasadena, California. The city atmosphere of Pasadena makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Caltech are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone: 626-395-6811

California Institute of Technology Majors

34 Majors With Completions
231 Undergraduate Degrees
286 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 34 majors graduated from California Institute of Technology. Of these students, 231 received undergraduate degrees and 286 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 83 $129,693
Mechanical Engineering 26 NA
Physics 23 NA
Mathematics 15 NA
Electrical Engineering 14 NA
Chemical Engineering 10 NA
Biomedical Engineering 10 NA
Chemistry 9 NA
General Biology 9 NA
Engineering Physics 7 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at California Institute of Technology along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

This is a decrease from the 1,966 students who took online classes the previous year.

Learn more about online learning at California Institute of Technology.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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